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Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.

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The Barking Lot is a regular weekly feature of This Just In…Written by my lovely wife, Jennifer and me.  It opens with the weekend dog walking forecast followed by the main blog from dog lover, Jennifer. Then it’s DOGS IN THE NEWS and our close. Enjoy!

THE WEEKEND DOG-WALKING FORECAST: We grade the weather outlook for taking your pet outdoors. 

TODAY: Partly cloudy.  High of 75. "A"

SUNDAY40% chance of showers. High of  65.  "C"

MONDAY: Morning thunderstorms. High of 76.  "B"

Here’s my lovely wife, Jennifer with this week’s main blog:

I can’t begin to count how many blogs I’ve written about my strong support of the military, and the incredible sacrifices they make.  It should then come as no surprise that I am a strong, proud supporter of our military canines as well.  These amazing dogs put their lives on the line every day to help & protect the fearless soldiers that put their lives in peril for us.

Nearly every week in Kevin’s portion of The Barking Lot, “Dogs In The News” highlights stories about the incredible bond between a soldier and his/her dog.  Story after story, you read astounding details of dogs who save service men & women.  In turn they do everything they possibly can to bring their dog back to the States when their tour of duty is over.

I am repeatedly astonished at the depth of the relationship between the soldiers and their dogs.  The level of trust between dog & handler is truly nothing less than any two human partners in war.  On top of the loyalty & bravery these dogs display, they possess incredible skills & abilities that humans can’t come close to matching.  If it weren’t for the dogs’ keen sense of smell, for example, IED’s couldn’t be detected as accurately as they are.

There are numerous non-profit organizations that help the soldiers and dogs who currently serve or have served our country.  There are groups that breed & train active military dogs, groups that train service dogs for veterans with war-related disabilities, groups that reunite veterans & dogs that served them overseas.  It’s impossible to name them all; personal endorsement of one group over another seems unfair.  Of course you need to be careful any time you contribute money to what seems like a worthy cause so please be an informed donor… but please consider a worthy charity that helps them.

If you’re interested in “one stop shopping” to read stories, find information, or view photos & videos, check out The United States War Dog Association.  There are many resources on their website; you’re sure to find what interests you.

This Memorial Day, as always, I urge you to pause and reflect on why you are able to celebrate your day off with a burger or brat and a cold beverage, surrounded by family and friends whom you love.  It’s because of the daily sacrifices made by our military men and women – and their dogs.
---Jennifer Fischer

Thanks, Jennifer!

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Man's best friend? You better believe it.

Let's head over to Oak Creek where good things just seem to be happening all the time.

Walk, Run, Wag for MADACC set for May 30.

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